No change in Muslim quota, 4% reservation still stands, TS Home minister clarifies

The government's revised roster points were issued while enhancing the Scheduled Tribes (ST) reservation from 6% to 10%.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 Nov 2022 9:39 AM GMT
No change in Muslim quota, 4% reservation still stands, TS Home minister clarifies

Hyderabad: Telangana Home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said the claims that the state government is providing only 3% reservation instead of 4% for Muslims are entirely baseless and false. He further said he would not tolerate false claims regarding Muslim reservations.

Speaking about the development measures taken by the Telangana government, the Home minister said, "CM KCR is working with exceptional care for the development and welfare of Muslims."

He further explained that hundreds of Muslim students are benefiting from education and career opportunities due to the 4% reservation for Muslims and their economic situation has improved.

The minister also said that the Telangana administration will endeavor to establish a 12% reservation based on the population for Muslims.

This comes following the confusion about the recently released GO prescribing Roster Points for Direct Recruitment under Rules 22 and 22A of the Telangana and Subordinate Service Rules 1969 in which roster points for the BC-E category were only 3 points instead of 4 points.

The government's revised roster points were issued while enhancing the Scheduled Tribes (ST) reservation from 6% to 10%.

Since 2004-05, 14 socially and economically disadvantaged Muslim communities, classified as BC-E, have been entitled to a 4% quota in government positions and educational institutions. It was initially 5%, but it was reduced to 4% in 2007-08 in response to High Court orders so that the reservation cap doesn't cross the 50% mark.

Former minister and Congress leader Shabbir Ali expressed concerns regarding the same. Speaking to the media last week, he said, "Roster numbers 19, 44, and 94 have been marked for candidates belonging to BC-E groups. Roster no. 69, which should have been reserved for BC-E, has been reserved for BC-B candidates. This means the Muslim quota in government jobs has been reduced from 4% to 3%."

Though the Telangana government issued a rejoinder through its publicity cell denying the decrease in Muslim quota and stating that rosters 19, 44, 69, and 94 were reserved for BC-E, Mr. Shabbir Ali demanded the rejoinder come from the chief secretary.

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